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Flight Information & Entry Requirements

Flight Information


We have very specific arrival and departure times for your program. Please carefully read the below and call us with any questions.

Fly into and out of Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • Arrive at any time on the first day of the trip (ideally in time for the welcome dinner)

  • Depart on the trip end date, after 9:30 pm.

Discover Corps books your domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands. This flight will leave Quito early in the morning on Day 3 of the trip with about 3 hours of travel time to Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Entrance fees to the islands, transit cards & the flight are all coordinated and paid for by Discover Corps.

Discover Corps recommends that you arrive a day prior to avoid any flight delays or cancellations. If you decide to arrive a day prior to the trip start date, you can book an early night at the hotel directly. If you arrive outside of the Discover Corps program, you are responsible for the transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Early Arrival

The preferred hotel closest to the UIO Airport is: Wyndham Hotel, Quito. This hotel offers a free airport shuttle service. If you prefer to not have to move hotels on day 1, you can book with Ikala Hotel. This is where we'll be staying for the first two nights in Quito. We can request that you be in the same room but we cannot guarantee it.

Amazon Basin Extension (4 days, 3 nights)

Fly into and out of Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • Arrive at any time on the first day of the trip (ideally in time for the welcome dinner)

  • Depart on the last day of the extension anytime after 4 pm (departures between Mon-Fri) or after 5 pm (departures Sat-Sun).

Discover Corps books your domestic flight between Quito and El Coca (Amazon). This flight leaves in the morning of Day 11 and returns between 12 pm-2 pm on Day 14. Example:

Day 10- Final day of the Galapagos trip. Overnight in Quito.

Day 11- Fly to El Coca, Amazon.

Day 12- Amazon

Day 13- Amazon

Day 14- Return back to Quito for flights home.

Book Your Flights

Discover Corps's dedicated flight partner for all of our trips is the team at StudentUniverse (yes, they do flights for more than just students!). Their team know all of the flight windows and details for each of the destinations that we work in. Please always make sure that your trip is guaranteed to run before booking any airfare!

To get a quote from StudentUniverse, please see the details below:

  • Get a Quote by Phone: Call 1-877-898-1244. Agents are available between 9-8 EST M-F.

  • Get a Quote by Email: Email with the flight details and a member of the StudentUniverse team will respond shortly with your options

  • Get a quote via our Dedicated Website: Please visit the Discover Corps flight search engine to search for flights online.

  • *Please note that there is a $30 fee per person to book over the phone or via email. Booking via the dedicated website is $7 per person.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Please follow this link to view this destination’s COVID-19 Entry and Exit Requirements. Be sure to carefully read the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements, including age minimums as they vary for each country. We highly recommend also checking with your airlines for their specific boarding requirements.

Per Discover Corps' Health & Safety Protocol, we require that all travelers provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test result taken within 72 hours of traveling.

  1. Get tested within 72 hours of departure (or sooner if the country requires).

  2. Provide Discover Corps with negative test results before departure

  3. Travel with negative results

Please always confirm with your Travel Specialist for current testing requirements prior to departure. Discover Corps (619) 758-3030